How do you feel about self -tanning?
We have Coco Chanel to thank for many things and one is making a suntan chic.
Up until the 1920’s, the aristocratic porcelain skin was favoured.
Fast forward to today, and many crave the ‘just returned from the Cote d’Azur’ glow.
Which self-tanning is suitable for you?
Gradual tanner – apply daily to build up a glow.
Fake tans – apply once and leave to develop for 4-8 hours before showering off.
Instant tans/tinted lotions – great for quick fixes and special events as they wash off easily with soap and water.
Prep the Skin
Remove any body hair and exfoliate thoroughly paying particular attention to problem areas.
Around the knees, ankles, elbows and wrists is where the product tends to streak.
Give these areas a thorough application of moisturiser before applying any tan.
- Come Equipped
When applying self-tanning always wear a mitt.
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after applying the product to avoid staining.
- Build Up
Start with a light colour of tan and build up when you feel it is necessary.
Particularly do this if you are fair skinned, an orange tinge would be a shock to a pale complexion.
Jules von Hep has spent the best part of a decade fake tanning the stars and has now launched a self-tan range called, Isle of Paradise.
“With self-tanning it’s important to remember why you’re using tan – to look like you’ve been away, to look rested, to feel great. The skin on our face is incredibly reactive to product as it’s completely different to the skin on our body so a kiss of colour is all you need for a glowing, tanned complexion. Top up once in between body applications as the face fades quicker than the rest of the body.”
Jules von Hep, interviewed for the Evening Standard, has some clever tricks to help with the application:
“When in a rush, dry your tan with a hair dryer on the cool setting to fix it quicker.”
“Tanning your back and no one to help? Lean forward and spray the product into the air and it will land on your back. Alternatively turn your mitt around so that it is on your knuckle and you can reach right around your body.”
“Last but not least, keep you tanning water in the fridge in summer months — it’s so refreshing.”
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image, nina leen , article nicola de burlet, quotes jules von hep for the evening standard